Preventive hygiene is the key to protecting your oral health. Regular oral examinations and hygiene cleanings at Eckhardt Dental Centre in Penticton can help you prevent dental issues and keep your smile healthy.
Oral examinations, administered twice a year, give your dentist the opportunity to identify oral health issues early and treat them before they become more serious.
During your exam, your dentist will take a close look at the health of your teeth, gums, jaw and bite. Exams may also include dental x-rays, an oral cancer screening and other diagnostic procedures as required.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer can affect any part of the mouth or surrounding tissues. During your routine oral exam, your dentist will check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer which may be difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Oral Health Care at Home
A good at-home oral hygiene routine is important for keeping your smile healthy between dental appointments. Brush your teeth twice daily for two minutes, and floss at least once a day to help maintain your oral health.
When you attend a hygiene appointment your dental hygienist will perform a deep cleaning of your teeth and gums to help prevent and treat disease.
A scaler will be used by your dental hygienist to remove tartar and plaque build-up from your teeth. Then the hygienist will use a polisher and coarse toothpaste to remove any leftover stains or plaque, followed by thorough flossing of your teeth and gums.
If you or your child are at high risk of tooth decay, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can help to rebuild the minerals in your tooth enamel and may prevent or reverse tooth decay.